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  • Demon dog knife breast snake Dirpu mythlogical
Day 9 of the Ancient Egyptian Demon Advent Calendar is a hybrid entity with a dog or jackal head, Bes-image type body with a pendulous breast, and a tail. He (she? it?) is shown in profile, moving forwards holding a knife in each hand, and snake draped over the forward...
Day 8 of the Ancient Egyptian Demon Advent Calendar is a seated baboon holding the a wadget eye. Wadget eyes are symbols of protection and there are plenty of examples of wadget eye amulets that were used and worn by the ancient Egyptians. This baboon is depicted on an ivory...
  • Origins of Monsters book cover
This looks to be a useful new publication for the study of supernatural beings in the ancient world. Wengrow, David. (2013). The Origins of Monsters: Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [blockquote variation=”pearl” cite=”Princeton University Press Abstract ” citeLink=”http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10125.html”]It has often been...
The griffin is today’s ancient Egyptian demon! This griffin comes from an ivory wand in the Metropolitan Museum (accession number 22.1.65). It is depicted with the head of a hawk, the body of a leopard and has a set of wings and human head protruding from its back. In its...
In today’s Demon Advent Calendar is a Keeper of the bend of the waterway from the Coffin Texts.   This demon is named ‘Great-Face, who opposes the aggressors’ and is found in Coffin Text 1056, which is part of the Book of Two Ways. He is found in a bend...
  • Bes with foot knife
Day 5 of the Demon Advent calendar features a demon who is armed to the feet!  This particular one is the form of a Bes-image, but they come in a range of forms. As with many others, this one is found on the base of a headrest to protect the...
Day 4 of the Demon Advent Calendar brings one of the most well-known demons: Ammit! The name Ammit (sometimes spelled Ammut) means ‘The Devourer’ and she is often depicted next to the judgement scales in the afterlife. She waits there in case the deceased is judged to be unworthy of...